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Final 2006 E-Notes - November 16, 2006

· Maybe it’s something in the food. The last two Putting leaders on the PGA TOUR spent a large portion of their upbringing in India. Daniel Chopra won the Putting crown this season after Arjun Atwal won the title last season.

· A record 93 players earned $1 million or more this season with 31 of them winning at least $2 million.

· International players won 15 times this year, eight of them by Australians.

· Players in their 20s won 13 times, in their 30s 28 times and the 40-somethings won seven times.

· A total of 13 countries were represented among the Top 125 money winners — the U.S., Fiji, Sweden, Australia, England, Japan, Colombia, South Africa, Canada, South Korea, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Spain.

· The youngest player to win on TOUR this year was J.B. Holmes who was 23 years, 10 months and one day old when he won the FBR Open. The oldest player to win was Corey Pavin who was 46 years, eight months and 14 days old when he won the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

· It was a great year for rookies. Four of them were able to record wins (Trevor Immelman, Troy Matteson, J.B. Holmes and Eric Axley) and 11 finished among the Top 125. The others were Camilo Villegas, Nathan Green, Charley Hoffman, Bubba Watson, Bill Haas, Daisuke Maruyama and Nick O’Hern.

· In fact, eight rookies topped the $1-million mark, including Trevor Immelman who set an all-time rookie earnings record of $3,844,189.

· It was also a big year for lefthanders with six — Phil Mickelson, Mike Weir, Steve Flesch, Eric Axley, Bubba Watson and Nick O’Hern — finishing among the Top 125.

· Jason Gore recorded the season’s longest drive with a 427-yard effort on the 12th hole at Kapalua during the Mercedes Championships.

· There were three rounds of 60 shot this year on TOUR, the most in any one season in history. Nearly hitting the magic 59 mark were Pat Perez (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic), Arron Oberholser (EDS Byron Nelson Championship) and Justin Rose (FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort).

· Who had the most starts on TOUR this year? Shane Bertsch and Patrick Sheehan each competed in 34 tournaments.

· Who played the most rounds this season? Steve Flesch played in a TOUR-high 119 rounds.

· Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh each had 13 Top-10 finishes this year to lead the TOUR.

· Tiger Woods had 10 Top-3 finishes in 15 starts.

· Who had the most rounds in the 60s this year? Fred Funk and Brett Quigley each had 47.

· Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker shared the title for hitting the ball closest to the hole on average at 31 feet, 7 inches.

· Joe Durant had the longest streak during the year of hitting fairways with 52 in a row.

· Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson hit the most Greens In Regulation in a row with 37.

· Luke Donald had the longest stretch this year without a 3-putt — 276 consecutive holes.

· Corey Pavin led the TOUR in Scrambling, getting up and down 66.45% of the time.

· Brent Geiberger made the most putts from 25 feet and beyond — 34.

· Jim Furyk played the Par-3 holes the best this year at 13-under while Tiger Woods was the best on the Par 4s at 44-under. Lucas Glover topped everyone on the Par 5s at 153-under.


· Loren Roberts had the most Top-10s on the Tour this year with 18 in his 21 starts.

· Bob Gilder had the most starts on Tour with 28. He led the Tour in this same category last year — also with 28 starts.

· Dan Pohl led the Tour in Driving Distance (293.0) for the second consecutive year — he was the only repeat winner of a stat category this year.

· Hajime Meshiai had the longest drive on Tour this year with a 401-yard effort at the Greater Kansas City Golf Classic.

· Fred Funk was the youngest winner this year claiming the AT&T Championship crown at 50 years, four months and eight days. The oldest winner was Gil Morgan who won the Allianz Championship at age 59 years, nine months and 21 days.

· Hale Irwin’s record streak of 11 consecutive seasons with at least one victory came to an end this year.

· Morris Hatalsky was the top scrambler on Tour getting up and down 65.71% of the time.

· Loren Roberts had the most rounds in the 60s this year — 40.

· Three players ended long victory droughts in PGA TOUR co-sponsored events this year. Jerry Pate earned his first win since the 1982 PLAYERS Championship, Andy Bean his first since the 1986 EDS Byron Nelson Classic and David Edwards his first since the 1993 MCI Heritage.

· Loren Roberts had the lowest percentage of three-putts this year. He three-putted only 19 times in 1,206 holes (1.58%).

· Jay Haas played the Par-3 holes better than anyone else (18-under) while Loren Roberts was the best on Par 4s (55-under) and Bob Gilder the best on Par 5s (124-under).

· Scott Simpson was the top rookie earner with $1,340,676, just ahead of David Edwards who collected $1,191,086.


· Boo Weekley finished in the Top 10 in Driving Distance (299.9) and Driving Accuracy (73.51%). He was the obviously the leader in Total Driving (19) and he was also number on Scoring Average (69.59) and Greens In Regulation (74.31). His Total Driving score and his GIR mark are both new Tour records.

· Jeff Quinney set a new Tour record for earnings without a victory--$317,802.

· Scott Hend led the Tour in Driving Distance at 315.5 yards per drive. He led the PGA TOUR in the same category in 2005.

· Three players — Paul Claxton, Scott Weatherly and Scott Ford — led the Tour in tournament starts with 30 each.

· A record 10 players earned at least $300,000. A total of 22 players earned at least $200,000 and 62 collected at least $100,000.

· Michael Sim was the youngest winner on Tour in 2006 earning the title at the PalmettoPride Classic on his 22nd birthday.

· The oldest winner was Jim Rutledge who was 46 years, six months old when he won the ING New Zealand PGA Championship.

· Eight international players were victorious this year — Paul Sheehan (Australia), Jim Rutledge (Canada), Paul Gow (Australia), Andrew Buckle (Australia), Brenden Pappas (South Africa), Gavin Coles (Australia), Kevin Na (South Korea) and Michael Sim (Australia).

· Six international players graduated the PGA TOUR this year — Andrew Buckle, Jim Rutledge, Gavin Coles, Jarrod Lyle, Michael Sim and Paul Sheehan.

· Two players — Tripp Isenhour and Gavin Coles — each graduated to the PGA TOUR for the third time. Only three other players have done so in the history of the Tour — Sean Murphy, Chris Smith and Jeff Gove.

· Ricky Barnes made the cut in his last 23 consecutive starts this year. That’s the second longest streak in Tour history.

· Jarrod Lyle led the Tour in Scrambling this year, getting up and down 65.93% of the time.

· Boo Weekley and Ken Duke each had nine Top-10 finishes this year to lead the Tour.

· Jim Rutledge had the longest drive on Tour this year with a 410-yard effort at the Scholarship America Showdown.

· Johnson Wagner and Boo Weekley each had 47 rounds in the 60s this year to top the Tour.

· It’s all about consistency throughout the year. Eight players who won this year failed to graduate to the PGA TOUR, but four players who didn’t win did. Jeff Quinney, Michael Putnam, Boo Weekley and Jarrod Lyle all finished in the Top 20 this year without earning a victory.

· Johnson Wagner played the Par 3 holes better than anyone on Tour at 13-under par while Boo Weekley topped all players on the Par-4s at 41-under. Wagner and Ken Duke led the way on Par 5 holes at 150-under.

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